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Communications and Community

If you have thought about prepping for awhile, you might have come to the conclusion that it will be difficult to survive on your own in a prolonged social breakdown.  Man is naturally a cooperative animal, and in tough times, communities in which people have banded together will have an edge.  Defending and staying alert to the movements of looting mobs, gangs, or other threats is a job for a prepared community with radio communications and pre-selected lookout points.  Monitoring for possible government help stations, and the state of roads, hospitals, and other facilities, could be life-saving.

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This kind of product is surprisingly hard to find: a battery which delivers AC or 12V DC charge which also has a means of recharging off the grid, meaning a generator which cranks by hand to bring the onboard battery charge back to full again.  Most units plug into the wall for recharge, which of course is useless if the electricity is down.  This will run devices from a 12V cigarette lighter-type plug, a 120V AC plug, and other outlet types.  Your communications are only as good as your ability to keep them charged. 


This is a highly rated favorite among CB enthusiasts, with the "sideband" technology which gives it a potential 50 mile reach in open country, versus about 20 miles for non-sideband enabled CB (never mind what that means, it's the distance that's important.)  It runs from a car plug, however, so if you want to use it at home, you'll need to connect it to a 12V battery, which is easy


A less expensive, non-"sideband" enabled CB which has good reviews.  This can switch out from car plug power cord to a snap-on AA battery pack, which makes it mobile.  With CB it is really the size of the antenna which determines broadcast distance, given a certain terrain.  City broadcasting has the shortest broadcast range.  In the city if you get anything over a mile loud and clear you are doing well.  Placing your antenna at the highest point you can manage will increase your range, especially with radios with similarly highly-placed antennas.  So scout out friends with high rooftops or apartment buildings, for better coverage across miles of city.


An antenna is a critical part of CB performance.  Neither model we recommend comes with a good one included, so this one would be a good purchase to mount on your back fence or near your roof line. 


In searching for an inexpensive, well-regarded pair of walkie talkies, these seemed to fit the bill.  For neighborhood roaming while staying in contact with home base.


A good price for batteries at about 40 cents apiece, NS alkaline have a shelf life of 5 to 10 years. Remember your communications like walkie talkies are nothing if you are out of batteries and the electiricty is down, and you have no other way to charge.

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